The drama of dining-in-the-round at Jardin naturally lends itself to some dazzling tableside service. Enter Jardin’s stylish rolling Moscow mule cart. Curated by Wynn Las Vegas’ mixologist, Damian Cross, the trolley evokes an era when tableside presentation invited guests to become part of the cocktail experience. Cross has crafted a novel, large format presentation for his Moscow mules that has caused quite the stir. Colossal copper mugs, each fitting an entire bottle of vodka, instantly turn each of his concoctions into a party.
The origin of the Moscow mule dates back to 1939 and a chance meeting between three men at L.A.’s Cock n’ Bull bar: John G. Martin, Jack Morgan, and a third unnamed individual. They all lamented their inability to sell their respective wares: Martin distributed Smirnoff vodka (Vodka being very unpopular in the U.S. at the time,) Morgan – owner of the Cock n’ Bull – had a stock of ginger beer, and the third man had a stock of copper mugs. With some ingenuity and a handy bartender, the men put their respective ingredients together and came up with the now classic cocktail we know and love today; allegedly named to reference the source of its liquor and the kick of flavor from its mixer.
While you can’t go wrong with the classic version, we here at Wynn Social recommend Jardin’s signature orange lavender mule; made with Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, lavender simple syrup, fresh lavender and spicy ginger beer. No matter which version of the mule you choose, it’s a perfect drink to accompany a delightful lunch or dinner on the Jardin patio that overlooks the sparkling resort pools at Encore.
Jardin is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 12 a.m.
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